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Category Archive: Hand-Made with Britex Materials

Tutorial: Silk Slip with Small Bust Adjustment

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Hello!  Nicole at Home, here.  Even with the onset of colder weather in California, I’ve not wanted to give up on wearing dresses.  But tights with dresses, and the static that clings them together, make me completely crazy.  So, with an opportunity to use some of Britex’s beautiful silks, I just had to make a slip.   Click here to read more »

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Utah Make It With Wool Junior Winner!

 

Hannah Argyle-1Britex Fabrics is pleased as punch to assist folks from the Make it With Wool Contest find fabrics to make their creative vision come true, and our Customized Swatch Service is a dandy way to find fine fabrics if you don’t live in San Francisco.  Hannah took top honors in the Utah junior category with her skirt and jacket entry, which qualifies her to go on to the national finals in January 2014. She used Britex Fabrics’ bright blue Italian wool and corozo nut pea coat buttons for her jacket, along with Butterick 5927 for the jacket pattern.

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Part 4: Transferring Beading Pattern to Fabric by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks,  Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial and Part 3, a reinforced gusset tutorial.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]

 

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Part 3: Reinforcing a Gusset by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks and Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]

 

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Tutorial: Festive Tie and Pocket Square

With the holidays quickly approaching, the season of get-togethers and parties with family, friends, and co-workers is nearly upon us!  Whether it’s as a gift for your sweetie or a unique statement to be worn yourself (you budding tailors out there!) sewing a special tie and coordinating pocket square is actually surprisingly easy.

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Keep Toasty in a Cozy Missoni Knit Dress!

missoni dressEmma from the British sewing blog, SewWhatAreYouWaitingFor visited Britex Fabrics, picking up a length of this vibrant Missoni knit fabric.  She wrote about her process of making a muslin, and then sewing her dress.  She says, “I’ve made a rather nice sweater dress good for the British weather. It got a bit hair raising at the beginning as after carefully cutting out the pieces, a pin got stuck in my overlocker and essentially ‘chewed’ off the shoulder! The cuffs and hem were overlocked and then hand stitched in place to form neat edges, the neckline is banded with royal blue woolen binding.” Emma fretted that this made her look like a frumpy librarian, however we think her frock makes her look like a cozy and brainy Emma Peel! Britex Fabrics has a selection of Missoni knits available on our 1st floor. If you cannot make it into the store, then I recommend that you buy our Customized Fabric Swatch Shopper Service.

 

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Hollywood Vest by Wanett

Another beautiful project by Wanett of Sown Brooklyn brings us closer to the inevitable truth that winter is approaching. In her second Guest Blogger post, Wanett tells us how she modified a jacket pattern to make a quick wooly and wintery vest. For inspiration, take a look at our online wool fabrics currently on sale; Coating sale ends November 14 and Mid/Light Weight Wool sale runs from November 15-30.

For this, my second Britex project, I got to work with one of my FAVORITE fabrics (again!!):

WOOL!!!

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Magnetic Alpha Fibers Tutorial

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What better way to learn about fibers and textiles than with a tactile magnetic experience. Follow these steps for a simple no-sew d.i.y. magnetic alphabet fibers gift project.

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Wall Planter Tutorial

Here’s a quick holiday gift idea from the GDS Cloth Goods workshop across the bay. It’s a burlap mini wall planter perfect for your green thumbed friends. Pack this little guy with succulents and it’s a great gift for your not-so-green-thumbed friends as well.

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The supplies listed below are for making one mini planter, but keep in mind that you’ll be able to get 4-6 planters (depending on fabric width) from one 1/4 yard cutting of fabric. All materials can be found at Britex except for the mallet, which can be found at any hardware store.

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Britex Fab Chapeaux at Del Mar

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Long-time customer Belinda is hard to miss. She has great style, is hilarious and vivacious—the sort of person you notice from a distance, quite literally. She is especially hard to miss at Del Mar. Here are her fabulous designs for the last two years using all Britex fabrics.

 

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